I don't want any parties, I don't want a red carpet.
I don't want to dance, and I don't want music either.
I don't want a VIP area, no buffet, no spotlight, and no celebrities.
I want the Life Ball to not be necessary anymore, for we have prevailed over HIV.
Until then, we need the support of donations and sponsors, who help us every year to achieve our goal.
During one conference season, people give the same talks over and over again. No one feels they learn something. It doesn't have to be that way!
Conferences try to wow us with revolutionary, all-new conference designs – Different setup! New impulses! Discuss like never before!
Still, conferences seem to stay exactly the same: Over and over again the same people come together and tell the same presentations. All we see is repetition and it's hard to feel any kind of new horizon.
It seems like we're doing the good of bringing together the brightest minds, but constantly bore them and us with the same questions and answers every time.
Why not do it differently, every single thing?
Change it all
Let's change some key aspects of a conference or barcamp:
Presenters submit their topic at multiple events
Attendees buy their tickets and read the finished program
Presentations are being given repeatedly
After the talks, attendees have the chance to ask their questions
Let's replace these mundane steps with the following fresh ones:
Attendee buys ticket and can ask a question to be answered at the conference
Attendee can also decide to register as a presenter when buying the ticket
All questions are collected and randomly assigned among presenters – two days before the event
Each speaker prepares and holds a talk discussing a questions they probably wouldn't have asked themselves
We call that the RandomCon.
By seperating the topic of the question from the area of expertise of the speaker, we make two things sure: The agenda is crowd-sourced, and the experts are challenged to ponder an unusual question.
The potential lies in interdisciplinarity.
Think of all the inventions that come from one expertise colliding with another – by chance. Don't know any? Ask for an answer at the first RandomCon!
Our call? A better TED.
PS: Why Open Source? First, conferences aren't my business, and second I'd like to see this idea taken further by other people.
Brand advertising, especially, is all about visuals and video (launching soon!), but no one has been able to make brand advertising work as well on the web as it does on TV or print. There is simply too much to see on the screen at any given time. This is the exact opposite experience of a mobile app. Brand advertising on Facebook’s app shares the screen with no one. Thanks to the constraints of mobile, Facebook may be cracking the display and brand advertising nut that has frustrated online advertisers for years.